DELANO, MN Jim VanCura was selected as Delano Public Schools Teacher of the Year by his colleagues.
VanCura teaches Language Arts 11, College in the Schools (CIS) Literature and CIS Composition at Delano High School.
He believes that education is power. His role as a teacher involves promoting academic curiosity, developing critical thinkers, and fostering human dignity.
VanCura’s role as an English teacher involves fostering comprehension and appreciation for literature, modeling effective means of communication, and empowering students with knowledge and opportunities.
From an academic perspective, his students analyze and articulate cultural values within historical contexts. From a philosophical perspective, VanCura emphasizes the value of intrinsic rewards, as well as the learning process, in order for students to develop a genuine appreciation for their talents and efforts.
He thoroughly enjoys when students demonstrate initiative, accept academic challenges, and know how to savor the journey.
In addition to teaching, VanCura has served on a variety of committees including the technology committee, the finance committee, staff development committee, the Delano Youth Baseball/Softball Association, and the executive council of the Delano Teachers’ Association.
He has also coached junior high football, basketball, and varsity softball.
VanCura graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 1992, and received his master’s degree from Hamline University in 2002.
He began teaching in International Falls, then landed in Delano, and has taught here ever since.
VanCura resides in Delano with his wife, Stacy, and their five children; Melissa, Samantha, Derek, Briana, and AJ.
In his spare time, Jim enjoys traveling, reading, participating in Tuff Mudders, and spending time with friends and family.
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